Former US president, Barack Obama, is facing intense criticism for accepting a $400,000 speaking fee for a Wall Street conference that will be hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald LP in September. This is almost twice as much as the speaking fees Hillary Clinton charged for three speeches to Goldman Sachs after she left the State Department.
She also came under immense criticism during her campaign for receiving so much money to speak to Wall Street firms.
Obama will address a health care conference scheduled for September and will reportedly be the keynote luncheon speaker for one day of the event. Although Obama has already signed the contract, the early reports indicate that Cantor Fitzgerald is still in the process of coordinating the details with the former president.
Obama can still reportedly pull out of the deal if he finds himself on the receiving end of negative publicity.
According to the Washington Post, her husband and former president Bill Clinton “earned more than $16.3 million for 72 speeches” in 2012, averaging around $226,000 per speech. CNN also reported he was once paid $750,000 for a speech to telecom firm Ericsson.
Many journalists and commentators also condemn the speech…
oh just because Obama let Wall Street guys get away with the biggest fraud in history, he shouldn’t take $400,000 to give a speech to them?
— sick transit, gloria (@samknight1) April 26, 2017
Since leaving office, Obama has:
-Gone yachting with R. Branson
-Endorsed an investment banker in France
-Taken 400K for a Wall St speech
— Luke Savage (@LukewSavage) April 25, 2017
This is what Obama said literally the same day his $400K Wall Street speech was revealed. The, er, um … audacity pic.twitter.com/P3hTwOPZ6j
— Jeff Stein (@JStein_Vox) April 25, 2017